Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula. Tailored specifically for Cruise Ship passengers, see spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula. Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. Our guide, Lyndon, comes with 30 years of hands-on species management in his previous role as a conservation ranger. Likewise, James has a passion for sharing in-depth knowledge, particularly in regard to his Māori heritage, a fascinating culture that is often overshadowed by Dunedin’s more recent European history. Tour highlights include a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and other wildlife viewing sites. We learn more about the people of this place, both Māori and European. There is no better introduction to this Southern City than a tour with Horizon Tours.

Cruise Ship Excursion Wildlife and Culture tour on the Otago Peninsula - Dunedin, New Zealand

Maori
Duration:5 hours
Price: Starting from $210.00 per person

Tailored specifically for Cruise Ship passengers, see spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula.

Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. Our guide, Lyndon, comes with 30 years of hands-on species management in his previous role as a conservation ranger. Likewise, James has a passion for sharing in-depth knowledge, particularly in regard to his Māori heritage, a fascinating culture that is often overshadowed by Dunedin’s more recent European history.

Tour highlights include a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and other wildlife viewing sites. We learn more about the people of this place, both Māori and European. There is no better introduction to this Southern City than a tour with Horizon Tours.

Tailored specifically for Cruise Ship passengers, see spectacular marine wildlife, learn from a conservation expert, discover intriguing Māori history, and explore the geological and biological diversity of our Otago Peninsula.

Join us to discover some of the iconic Otago Peninsula's wildlife residents; albatross, penguins, seals and sea lions, all call this place home. Our guide, Lyndon, comes with 30 years of hands-on species management in his previous role as a conservation ranger. Likewise, James has a passion for sharing in-depth knowledge, particularly in regard to his Māori heritage, a fascinating culture that is often overshadowed by Dunedin’s more recent European history.

Tour highlights include a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and other wildlife viewing sites. We learn more about the people of this place, both Māori and European. There is no better introduction to this Southern City than a tour with Horizon Tours.

Points of interest within this tour includes:

  • We will collect guests from Port Chalmers, Dunedin,
  • We head into Dunedin city and hear a little about this beautiful city
  • We then have a quick look at some of the finer historic buildings in Dunedin, before we make our way out to the Peninsula.
  • Then onwards to the scenic Otago Peninsula where we check out some highly productive ecosystems in our search for wildlife.
  • Stop for lunch within a lush slice of natural forest and listen for the sounds of the birds. We provide lunch with this tour, and it will be made fresh that morning, and we cater to dietary requirements at time of booking
  • We’ll take a boat cruise around Pukekura/Taiaroa Head, a nature reserve famous for its northern royal albatross, but less well known for hundreds of other seabirds that frequent the area and are best viewed from the sea.
  • On the cruise, we see a breeding rookery of fur seals. Sightings of sea lions are becoming more frequent and if we are lucky we may see a little penguin foraging at sea.
  • We stop at sites rich in geological and botanical interest.
  • Stroll along a sandy beach to discover other flora and fauna.
  • Tour sites of significance to Māori and learn about the people who lived in the area, centuries before European's arrived.
  • Learn about the local fauna and some of the many medicinal uses they have for Maori
  • We'll enjoy a cup of kawakawa or horopito tea 
  • You will be returned to Port Chalmers and your ship an hour before your estimated departure time

 

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